It looks like Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is being prepped for a Nintendo Switch release, albeit with an unusual cloud installation method. Capcom’s most recent main entry in its long-running survival horror zombie-slaying series first released in January of 2017, including versions on Xbox One, Playstation 4, PS VR, and even a record-breaking demo.
Now, it looks like Capcom fans on the Nintendo console may finally have a chance to experience the disturbing Southern Gothic horror title on the Switch. Reports have come in that the Japanese Nintendo eShop has posted its listing for the game, specifically as Resident Evil 7 Cloud Version. A brand new trailer emerged announcing its release date in Japan as May 24th, with a fifteen-minute demo to be made available free of charge.
The unique aspect here is that the time-limited download relates to its purchase-point; Resident Evil 7 Cloud Version (as reported by Nintendo Everything) will entirely exist in Nintendo's cloud storage, with only a scant 45MB download. After the fifteen minutes are up, players will be able to purchase a ticket for 180 days of access to the game for 2,000 yen (approximately $18 US).
Resident Evil 7 Cloud Version will arrive to Nintendo Switch players complete with the full suite of DLC, including “Banned Footage” Volumes 1 and 2, “End of Zoe,” and “Not a Hero,” all of which are former downloadable upgrades to the main game. Essentially, gamers can purchase six months of access to the complete experience, with no need to download it in full, conserving the Switch’s precious memory.
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard tells the story of Ethan Winters, a systems engineer whose wife has been missing for several years. His search for her leads to a southern plantation home in Louisiana, where he eventually encounters a disturbed family of zombie-like psychopaths known as the Bakers, with even more disturbing horrors existing within the bowels of the house.
Interestingly, Nintendo fans have had to wait several years now for a new Resident Evil game, with the critically-acclaimed fourth installment on the Wii having been the last available console port of a main series entry. While Resident Evil 7 Cloud Version looks to be confirmed for Japanese players, it looks like the game may not have an English language translation included, making it possible that the release is unintended for North American Switch players. For now, we await further news and confirmation that Resident Evil 7 Cloud Version is coming to the USA or, at the very least, that the Japanese version will include English language options.
Source: Nintendo Everything